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The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) - Tess Gerritsen

The Mephisto Club - Tess Gerritsen

I should have seen it coming, but I didn't! I really liked the main story, although there were times when I wanted to slap Rizzoli and other times I wanted to slap Isles. Come on, girls, you're both smarter than that!

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3) - Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

It always astonishes me how Agatha Christie still manages to surprise us all with her intricate plots, written over 70 years ago. Truly the best in her genre!

The Wicked + The Divine Vol.3: Commercial Suicide

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie

I'm sorry. I think this is where we part ways. I thought the second volume was boring, but this one was horrible. Maybe I'm the problem, maybe I wasn't in the right mood or something, but I'm just no  longer interested in reading this. Two stars.

Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles #5) - Tess Gerritsen

Vanish (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #5) - Ilyana Kadushin, Anne Celeste Heche, Tess Gerritsen

After years and years of reading mysteries, I'm quite used to reading about horrible things, but human trafficking always makes my blood turn cold. Tess Gerritsen does a very good job in describing the setting without being too crude, but making it clear this is something horrible that is happening at this very moment in every country. Five stars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I and II (English)(Hardcover) - John Tiffany & J K Rowling Jack Thorne

During the first quarter of the book, I must say I felt dissapointed and didn't really like the book. I hated Albus, I didn't understand where this Delphie woman came from, and I could not understand why Albus wanted to do what he did. It all felt weird and I could not understand how Harry and Ginny could have raised an idiot such as Albus. Also, since the book is really a screenplay, we don't get to know too much about what goes on in the characters' minds, or what their motivations are. It's a very different format to what we're used to and that makes it all weirder.

 

But then something happened, I don't know exactly what, but suddenly, I felt all the magic I usually feel when reading something from the Wizarding World. Maybe it was the fact that I started loving Scorpius as fiercely as I love the original main characters, or the fact that I decided to allow the characters to act how "they" wanted to act and not trying to demand certain actions according to what their adolescent counterparts would do. Because it's easy to forget that we're not talking about the same characters we saw in the seventh book, these are changed people, with adult lives, children, jobs, and years of experiences we don't know about.

 

I found very entertaining how the authors (because this is obviously not mainly Rowling) revisit so many turning points we find in the cannon, played with so many 'what ifs' and, most of all, I loved to get the chance to once again read about so many loved characters that have died throughout the series.

 

I can't help it, reading anything Harry Potter makes me utterly happy, and even though there were many things I didn't like (I am looking at you, ALBUS POTTER), this was a lovely experience. I didn't want to finish the book and I am going to read it again soon, because there's no denying it, this is the world where I love to be and I will keep coming back to it. Always.

The Wicjed + The Divine Vol.2: Fandemonium - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2: Fandemonium - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie

The art was fantastic, but the story didn't advance at all and was incredibly boring. The ending was quite unexpected and I do want to know what's next, so I will continue reading it. Two stars from me.

The BFG - Roald Dahl

The BFG - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

LOVE! <3

The white lioness (Wallander #3) - Henning Mankell

The White Lioness - Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson

I had the good fortune of listening to this as an audiobook and I think this helped a lot with the rating I gave it, because although the plot was very interesting, at times it was too  intrincated and long. I feel like if I had been just reading the book, I would have found it boring in some points, but as it were, I had lots of fun and it was almost like watching a movie because the narrator was great.

Five stars from me!

Roseanna (Martin Beck #01) - Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall

Roseanna (Martin Beck #1) - Lois Roth, Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall

4,5 stars! This felt like a real investigation, with no extraordinary breakouts, only hard work and no technology. I quite liked Martin Beck and I will continue with number 2 in the series!

 

The Fade Out (Act One) - Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

The Fade Out Volume 1 - Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

I picked this one up because a friend of mine recommended it to me and I am so glad I did because I liked it a lot!

 

The murder/mystery is my favorite genre so I knew I was going to like the story, but this goes so much farther than that. The story starts simply enough: A movie star is found dead by a screenwriter with a huge hangover. He can't remember what happened last night, so to avoid complications he just goes home and pretends he was never there. A few hours later, news of the actress' death arise, but Charlie realises someone staged it as a suicide. 

 

But the great thing about this noir graphic novel is that that story is only the tip of the iceber and by the end of the first volume you just know there is so much more than a simple cover up and you can't wait to read the next volume. 

 

The illustrations are really, really good, and the environment they create is so realistic that at times I could almost smell the smoke in the air. That good, I swear!

 

Four stars and on to the next one!

I'm updating this year's challenge!

Work has been hectic so I have been quite absent from Booklikes lately, only updating my "current reads" but that's it. However, I have been able to read and I'm about to complete this year's challenge (60 books)!! YAY!!

 

But come on, August is just starting, so an update is in order!! The last half of the year is going to be very busy for me, so I'm only adding 25 more books, but I'm still happy about it! 85 books is the new challenge! <3 <3

 

 

The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles #3) - Tess Gerritsen

The Sinner - Tess Gerritsen

Although the culprit was obvious early on, I really enjoyed this one. I loved getting to know more about Rizzoli, Isles, and Gabriel Dean. I'll cotinue with the series!

Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) - Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

Certainly not perfect, but definitively everything I needed to read in a series ending. Thank you, Marissa Meyer for such a fun series with such lovable characters! I will miss them all ❤️

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I hated every single character in this book (maybe Cathy could be an exception, But I didn't like her either) and I hated everything they did throughout the book. So why the four stars? Well, because I think that was the author's intention. She wanted you to dislike them all, to distrust everyone in order to keep the mystery. The book itself could have been more fast-paced, but other than that, it did the job wonderfully. I got more and more interested the more I advanced and although the ending was a bit predictable, in no way was it less engaging.

Also, I can't help pointing out that we have three women as main characters and all three of them are unemployed and living their lives only for the men they are connected with. None of them had any interest other than men. That could have been intentional, too, so I didn't consider it for my rating.

So, in short, I had a great time reading this book, I was interested until the end and I would recommend it. Four stars! 

How the light gets in (Chief Inspector Gamache 09) - Louise Penny

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

Talk about suspense! I was so anxious about how this one was going to end. I'm very happy to have finished it without having a heart attack. Five stars!

Cinder (the Lunar Chronicles #01) - Marissa Meyer

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

I had so much fun with this book! It's certainly not perfect and the "mystery" is completely evident early in the story, but this doesn't make you lose interest in knowing what's going to happen next.

I  loved Cinder and Kai, and I can't wait to read them again in the next installment.

Five stars!